Joint Statement by 220+ Civil Society and Trade Union Organizations on Proposed EU Directive

The European Commission, in February, released its proposal for a directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. This directive could represent a landmark step forward in minimising the negative impacts of businesses on workers, communities and the environment worldwide. In response, over 220 NGOs and trade unions from around the world welcome the proposal as an essential and long-awaited step toward corporate accountability, but call for the proposal to be strengthened to end corporate harm to human rights, the environment and climate.
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AFWA, GLJ-ILRF Respond to Brandix Lanka’s Denial of Our Report on their Covid-19 Violations at Minuwangoda Plant in October 2020

AFWA and GLJ-ILRF hope that Brandix Lanka will follow the recommendations made in our recent April 2022 report, Voices from the Field: Reprisals and Repression of Garment Worker Unions and Workers Organizations During COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, including to respect freedom of association and engage in dialogue with women-led trade unions. Brandix Lanka’s recent response to our report has several inaccuracies that we welcome the opportunity to correct.

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Joint Statement on the Landmark Dindigul Agreement to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence and Harassment at Eastman Exports, Natchi Apparels

The Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU), the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), and Global Labor Justice - International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF), along with Eastman Exports Global Clothing Private Limited and H&M Group (H&M), jointly announced the groundbreaking Dindigul Agreement to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence and Harassment (GBVH). The parties have signed a set of agreements to jointly commit to working together from their supply chain role to eradicate discrimination based on gender, caste, or migration status; increase transparency, and develop a culture of mutual respect in the garment factory setting.

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AFWA and 19 Labor and Sustainability Organisations Propose to Strengthen New York’s Fashion Act

New York lawmakers are introducing an exciting bill that will transform the fashion industry to hold NY brands and retailers accountable for their environmental and social impacts. However, the first draft leaves a lot to be desired. Read the response and proposed amendments to New York’s Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act (Fashion Act) from 20 organizations to the New York City elected officials

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One Year On, We Remember Garment Worker Leader Jeyasre Kathiravel as We Push for Groundbreaking Agreement to Prevent Gender-Based Violence

A year ago this week, garment worker leader Jeyasre Kathiravel was murdered by her supervisor in Tamil Nadu. AFWA honors her life & stands with her family & fellow union members by continuing to push to end gender, caste & migrant status-based violence in this statement.

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Women Workers, Trade Unions and Grassroots Organisations Unite to Demand Governments Address Gender-Based Violence in all Workplaces and Ratify ILO C-190

Women workers, particularly in the Global South, have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout. Now, more than ever, governments need to ratify ILO Convention 190 (C190) and its accompanying Recommendation No. 206 (R206), as a pathway to end violence and harassment in all workplaces and rebuild society with justice and equality at the center.

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Open Letter to EU Policymakers to Protect Workers in all Tiers of Supply Chains by AFWA, WIEGO, Home-Based Women Workers Federation, HomeNet & NTUF

The European Commission is drafting legislation mandating companies to uphold human rights in their supply chains. The Directive should apply to all workers in all tiers of the chain. Read our Open Letter to European Union policymakers written along with the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF), HomeNet International (HNI), HomeNet South Asia (HNSA), HomeNet Southeast Asia (HNSEA), National Trade Union Federation, Pakistan (NTUF) and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).

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Joint Statement by International Dalit Solidarity Network and Asia Floor Wage Alliance

International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) and Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) echo the call by National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) and Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU) on garment brands to negotiate a binding agreement to end systemic gender-based violence that leverages caste discrimination at H&M supplier factory Natchi Apparels after a 21-year-old Dalit garment worker was murdered by her dominant caste factory supervisor earlier this year.

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AFWA, WIEGO, HNSA, and HNSEA Demand a COVID-19 Supply Chain Relief Contribution from Brands for all Garment Workers

AFWA, WIEGO, HNSA and HNSEA jointly demand that global brands in the fashion industry make a Supply-chain Relief Contribution (SRC) to all garment workers in their supply chains during the COVID-19 crisis. Workers include time-rated, piece-rated, subcontracted, and home workers.

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May Day Statement 2020: Defend Union Rights! Struggle for a Living wage!

The COVID-19 disaster has ravaged people, nations, and workers globally. It has starkly exposed the vulnerability of workers all around the world, more so in industries that are based on low wages and inhumane working conditions. The COVID -19 crisis requires our governments to serve vulnerable communities and the working poor and to bolster their confidence by being responsive, transparent and participatory. We stand for our unions and reaffirm our right to form unions and to democratically participate to shape our industry, society and state.

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Remember the Victims on the 7th Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Tragedy & Commit to Change the Global Garment Industry

Today marks seven years since the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1134 workers and injured 2500 or more, in one of the deadliest industrial disasters in modern history. In this time of COVID-19 pandemic, when the world is re-thinking globalization, Rana Plaza is an important marker that holds many lessons for us. In these dire circumstances, it is imperative that the brands that appropriate billions in profits are made accountable for safe working conditions as well as the well-being of workers.

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Brands’ Responsibility in COVID-19 Humanitarian Crisis: Contribute to Garment Workers’ Relief

AFWA has been working with its trade union partners in Asia to provide relief to workers, to understand the immediate needs facing workers, and to formulate a demand to fashion brands who must take responsibility for workers’ financial welfare at a time of tremendous wage loss. Through consultation with trade unions, AFWA has evolved a concrete set of demands for brands.

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AFWA Statement on Garment Worker’s Demands in the face of the COVID-19 Crisis

AFWA released a statement on Garment Workers’ Demands in the face of COVID-19 Crisis. The statement looks into the responses of Global Supply Chain Production Countries to COVID-19 Crisis and also provides a charter of demands from garment workers, to the government, brands, and suppliers.

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Public Statement on Deaths of Garment Workers in Nandan Denim Factory | Gujarat, India

AFWA released a statement on the death of garment workers due to a fire at the Nandan Garment Factory, in Gujarat, India. Nandan Denim supplies jeans, denim, and other garments to more than 20 global brands including U.S. companies such as Target, Ann Taylor, Mango, and Wrangler.

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AFWA Position on ACT: Analysis of ACT (IndustriALL MOU with Garment Brands)

In September 2019, brands who are members of the ACT living wage initiative adopted a joint due diligence framework to ensure their purchasing practices facilitate the payment of a living wage, as set out in the ACT Memorandum of Understanding. The AFWA Position on ACT offers AFWA’s assessment of the limitations of this initiative in truly delivering on its aim of achieving living wages.

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